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AIM To be familiar with the social setting in which the play is set

WORKSHEET 1 Read the explanation of the social setting, then look at the photos and speculate about the people. Answer the questions in pairs. Dont check the answers yet. Wait until they have read the descriptions of the characters on WORKSHEET 2. ANSWERS: 1) 3 & 4, 2)1, 3) 3, 4) 4, 5) 2&5, 6) 3&4, 7)1, 2&5

AIM To be familiar with the characters in the play

WORKSHEET 2 (2 pages) Get the students to look at the pictures and read the text about each character. This is an introduction to the characters in the play. Ask the students to underline any words or phrases that they dont understand. Now they can check to see if their answers about the characters in WORKSHEET 1 were correct. On page 2 they can complete the diagram using the key to show how the characters are related to one another. ANSWERS: (SEE APPENDIX )

AIM To listen to part of the script and learn some of the phrases and phrasal verbs that are used in the play

WORKSHEET 3 TRACK 22- MURDER MYSTERY-SCRIPT Before you hand out WORKSHEET 3, play TRACK 22 and ask the students the following questions; 1) 2) 3) 4) Which characters do you think are talking? Lily and Barty How are these to characters related to Tilly? Lily is her twin sister and Barty is her boss and lover What are Tilly and Bob planning to do? Run away together and get married Is Barty happy about his? No

Ask the students to look for the phrasal verbs in the box and see if they can find them in the text. Explain that they are not in their Infinitive forms. ANSWERS: (SEE APPENDIX ) When they have found them all, they should look at the cartoons and match them with the phrasal verbs. ANSWERS: 1) h, 2.) e, 3.) c, 4.) b, 5) a, 6) d, 7) f, 8) g

AIM To practice using some of the vocabulary, phrases and phrasal verbs used in the play.

APPENDIX- BOX 1 You could play a game of Call my Bluff. Put the students into groups and give them several of the words with their definitions. Each team must write a definition for each member of the team. One is true and the others are false. Each member takes it in turns to read out a definition and the rest of the class have to guess which is the correct definition.


AIM To practice using some of the vocabulary, phrases and phrasal verbs used in the play. AIM To play the Murder Mystery game

APPENDIX- BOX 2 Afterwards you can play The Party game. One student plays the part of the host of a party. At the front of the class they start miming getting everything ready, blowing up balloons etc. Give the other students one of the circumstances. Each party goer has to ring the doorbell and enter the party acting out their situation until the host and the rest of the class guesses the situation. APPENDIX- BOX 3 Explain to the class that Tilly has been murdered. Her body was found in the garden. Ask for 5 volunteers to come up and sit in a row facing the class. Give each of them one of the characters to play making sure they dont show anyone else the information on the paper. The class can ask the characters questions about how they feel about Tilly, what their relationship with her was, if they have any reason to be angry with her and murder her. The volunteers must imagine they are the character and think about how they would sit, talk and react to each other. When the questions have finished the class can vote on who they think the murderer was.

Synopsis You are invited to join Lord Bartholemew (Barty) and his wife Lady Penelope (Pen) for dinner at Griffin Lodge. Griffin Lodge is a very old manor house, in the English countryside and the Lord and Lady of the house are rich, posh and aristocratic. Also living there is Lady Winifred (Lady Pen's mother), the gardener Bob, and his girlfriend Tilly, who is the family's maid. The show begins as everyone is running around and organisingthe housefor dinner. Lady Winifred is terrified her jewels are going to be stolen. Barty's wife is suspicious of her husband. She thinks Barty is having an affair.But what about Lady Penelope? She seems very fond of Bob the gardener. Bob however, has plans to run off with Tilly and get married in secret- if only he could keep a secret! To add to the confusion Lily, Tilly's twin sister appears. Tilly and Lily haven't spoken for years, so why has she turned up now? Just when things seem to be getting really complicated, a dead body is found. Someone has been murdered........ Who did it? Why? And who will be next? Only you can help us find out the truth and solve the Murder Mystery.









TRACK 22 - MURDER MYSTERY -SCRIPT Lily Barty Lily Barty Lily Barty LilyAPPENDIX- BOX 1

Look, my names not Tilly. Its Lily. Im Tillys twin sister. Oh ho! Twins! Two for the price of one! What luck! And Ive dropped in as a lovely surprise for my sister, before she runs away to marry Bob. Bob? Bob is going to marry Tilly? Oh, didnt you know? Oh whoops, hope Im not going to get Tilly into trouble for what Ive said. Shes going off this evening to get married to Bob. I wanted to get hold of her before they went. A little family reunion shall we say. I used to go out with Bob, he was my boyfriend, until Tilly took him off me. Ah, It should have been me getting married. I loved him, I still do. Tillys running away to marry Bob? I cant believe it! Tilly and Bob? Bob and Tilly?!! Well, well see about that. Please excuse me Lily I have to see about something, or rather someone. Oh dear- he looks rather upset. I hope I havent messed things up for my darling sister.

Con artist Someone who tricks someone by first gaining their confidence Teapot A vessel for making tea in

One sandwich short of a picnic Stupid Not 4 x 25 Mad

Jewels Screw loose Valuable or precious stones, metals and Mad gems To be sick of someone To be tired of someone Mother -in-law The mother of your partner Old battle-axe Bossy old woman Memory of a goldfish Someone who cant remember



To have an affair To have a romantic relationship outside of your marriage To be up to something To do something you shouldnt doAPPENDIX- BOX 2

To boss someone about To be domineering and to give constant demands Batty Mad You are one sandwich short of a picnic You are not 4 x 25 Youve got a screw loose Youre an old battle-axe You have the memory of a goldfish You are a con artist You are looking for a teapot

You have stolen some jewels and you have them in your pocket You are sick of the host of the party You are the hosts mother in- law You are having an affair with the host You want to run away You are up to something You boss everyone about


You are rich and posh. You are married to Lady Penelope but in love with Tilly. You angry with her because you have found out she is going to marry Bob. You think Lady Winifred is not 4 x 25. You are not the murderer.

You are rich, bossy and flirtatious. You are married to Barty, but you are in love with Bob. You are sick of Barty, angry with Tilly and you think your mother is Batty! You are not the murderer.

You are suspicious of everyone although its you who is the thief, always trying to steal peoples watches and mobiles. She thinks everyone else is trying to steal her jewels from her, so shes looking for a place to hide them. You are not the murderer.

LORD BARTHOLEMEWYou are good looking but a bit stupid. You are hopelessly in love with Tilly. You are very angry with her. Youve just found out she was having an affair with Barty. You are not the murderer.

LADY PENELOPEYou are Tillys twin sister. You live in the city and are very streetwise. You havent seen Tilly for many years. You are very angry with her because she stole your boyfriend Bob. All your life she has stolen things of you. You are the murderer.


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Bob the Gardener

Murder mystery is a play set in an English Manor house. These houses were normally owned by upper class families and were passed from generation to generation. To maintain the house and family, there was a large number of domestic workers all doing different jobs. Female domestic workers were often called maids. Domestic workers performed typical domestic chores such as cooking, ironing, washing and cleaning the house, taking the family dog for a walk, and taking care of the children. Maids were often expected to work at least fifteen hours per day. Manor houses were normally set in huge gardens and the family would employ one or more gardeners to maintain the grounds. The gardeners were not normally allowed in the house. Up until the end of the 20th century there were hundreds of houses like these, where the rich upper classes lived and the poor working classes worked. Many still exist today. In Britain, members of the upper class often have the title Lord before their name. Lady is the female counterpart. 1. 2. 3. 4. Who do you think works in the house? Who do you think has the title Lord? Who do you think is the maid? Who do you think is the gardener? 5. 6. 7. Who do you think has the title Lady? Who do you think is in the working class? Who do you think is in the upper Class?